The higher the level of productivity, the more wealth generated per hour of work, and the more competitive the country. [...] Also there is a world of difference between funding for basic research coming from the Tri-Council (and similar) agencies (i.e., The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)), which are arm’s length from government, and ministerial interventionism [...] Data should be published by the federal government; as the Council of Canadian Academies has noted: Data limitations continue to constrain the assessment of R&D activity and excellence in Canada, particu- larly in industrial R&D and in the social sciences, arts, and humanities. [...] However, the purpose of this paper is not so much to argue for the choice for innovation over income distribution, as to argue for consistency of approach; to drop the innovation sham it engages in now, and engage in consistent policy-making one way or the other. [...] Richard is past chair of the board of directors of the University of Toronto Innovations Foundation, and member of the advisory committee to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Cana- da.
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